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15 TONS of Trash Removed at Sweep the Hooch

Photo by Eric Voss

The results are in for the 6th Annual Sweep the Hooch, a one-day, multi-site cleanup event in the Chattahoochee River watershed.

A record 15+ TONS of trash was removed by 532 volunteers who walked, waded, and paddled at 40 cleanup sites spread over 70 river miles. The largest amount of trash was collected at the Tanyard, Peachtree and Proctor Creek, which are located in densely urban areas. For a map of the 2016 cleanup sites, click here

In 2011, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK), Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service, organized the inaugural Sweep the Hooch multi-site cleanup.

Tires, aluminum cans, plastic bags, flushable wipes and sports balls are the most common trash items recovered. CRK is calling on our local and state leaders and enforcement officers, public works departments and residents to do more litter education and increase waste reduction and recycling efforts. Find more information on our Sweep the Hooch page

Chattahoochee Valley River Revival,
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On Saturday, May 7, CRK will host the inaugural Chattahoochee Valley River Revival – a three-mile paddle trip and art and music festival in West Point, GA.

The three-mile paddle will kick off at 3 p.m. (EST) at Hardley Creek Park below West Point Dam and end at the City of West Point’s new River Park. Register for the paddle trip here>>

Family-friendly festivities including live music begins at 5 p.m.  Find out more here>>

Outside World Outfitters Columbus is the official outfitter of the Chattahoochee Valley River Revival paddle trip!

Don’t have a boat to paddle? Call Outside World to reserve a kayak, canoe or paddle board at 706-322-4200. All boat rental fees will be donated to CRK to support our Middle Chattahoochee programs:

Hall County withdraws Glades Reservoir plans

Hall County has withdrawn its application to build the Glades Reservoir project!

CRK has long opposed Glades Reservoir because it is not needed to meet water supply demands for the county or region but was really an amenity lake for a private development at taxpayer expense.

The State of Georgia withdrew its support for the Glades project in February 2016 when it reversed its long-held position and concluded that the project is not needed for water supply after all.

The state has indicated that a similar project may be needed in the future to send more water down the river. While this is not the last word on Glades Reservoir, the withdrawal of the application to the US Army Corps of Engineers is a huge victory for the Chattahoochee River and the communities that depend on the river.

Instead of pushing unnecessary, expensive reservoir projects, our efforts must focus on smart water conservation measures, which are more cost-effective and environmentally sound to save water and prepare for drought.

Please consider making a donation to CRK today to support our water protection work. Click here to donate today!

Read more about this development here: Hall County hits pause on Glades Resrvoir project, Gainesville Times 

Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin Named #1 “Most Endangered”

American Rivers announced today its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, naming the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in Alabama, Florida and Georgia the Most Endangered in the country. Outdated water management and rising demand have put the basin at a breaking point.

The water conflict that has gripped the region for almost three decades has come to a head with Florida’s U.S. Supreme Court suit against Georgia and the latest attempt by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to update its protocols of managing the basin.

We are calling on the governors of Alabama, Florida and Georgia to swiftly act to form a transparent, water-sharing agreement that protects the rivers, and on the USACE to significantly improve water management to sustain river health.

The annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report is a list of rivers at a crossroads, where key decisions in the coming months will determine the rivers’ fates. Rivers are chosen for the list based on the following criteria: 1) The magnitude of the threat, 2) A critical decision-point in the coming year and 3) The significance of the river to people and nature.

CRK has long worked to find an equitable solution to the tri-state water conflict and will continue to advocate for solutions to ensure that current and future generations have enough clean water. Our work in this area includes:

Read more about this development in the AJC here >> 


Community Spotlight

For the fifth consecutive year, Van Michael Salons are partnering with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper on an Earth Month campaign throughout the month of April. All seven Atlanta-area Aveda salons have expanded Earth Day activities to a month-long effort that will benefit CRK’s water sanitation and conservation initiatives. Together with clients and community members, nearly 400 Van Michael Salon employees have already started to raise funds (and have met their 2016 goal at some locations!) through special events, raffle prizes and a variety of in-salon efforts. In total, Van Michael Salons have proudly raised more than $60,000 in Earth Month donations for CRK.

Visit www.VanMichael.com to participate at your nearest Van Michael Salon location.